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Significant pandemic milestones:

  • February 21st: Likely transfer of coronavirus from a teacher (who had traveled to Europe)  to Panama's first coronavirus death victim (Norato González); Click Here
  • March 3rd: Resolution passed raising national alert level regarding coronavirus epidemic; Click Here
  • March 8th: First confirmed coronavirus death (Norato González) in Panama; Click Here
  • March 9th: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Panama; not the date of case arrival in Panama, but the date the coroniavirus link was confirmed; Click Here
  • March 12th: President Cortizo declares a a national state of emergency; Click Here
  • March 15th: Certain business hours regulated, elective surgeries and routine medical consults suspended; Click Here
  • March 15th: Several provinces invoke a "dry law" (banning sales of alcoholic beverages) and implementing curfews; Chiriqui Province included; Click Here
  • March 15th: Foreigners banned from entering Panama; Click Here
  • March 17th: Countrywide curfew (9:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 22nd: All commercial flights into and out of Panama suspended; Click Here
  • March 23rd: Countrywide curfew (5:00PM to 5:00AM) mandated; Click Here
  • March 25th: Countrywide quarantine with restricted mobility mandated; sales of alcoholic beverages banned; Click Here
  • May 11th: Effective date of lifting the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages; Click Here
  • May 13th: The gradual reopening of certain categories of business; Click Here
  • May 18th: People are authorized to leave their homes to exercise outdoors, but on a short lease; Click Here
  • June 1st: Quarantine lifted, but a 7:00PM to 5:00AM curfew is in effect; Click Here
  • June 3rd: Hardware stores reopen with limited hours; Click Here
  • June 6th and June 8th: Curfew/mobility restrictions elevated for Panama, Panama Oeste, and Veragaus regions; Click Here and Click Here
  • July 25th: Full weekend quarantine (lockdown) re-implemented for Panama; Click Here
  • July 27th: More restrictive mobility constraints including gender restrictions re-implemented, including Chiriqui Province; Click Here and Click Here
  • August 14th: Tocumen International Airport begins to open up to limited flights; Click Here
  • August 17th: Some "Block 3" businesses will be permitted to start operations; Click Here
  • September 14th: Relaxation of mobility constraints for all but three provinces; Chiriqui, Colon, and Bocas del Toro constraints continue; Click Here
  • September 28th: Restaurants and inns reopen providing they follow Minsa guidelines; Click Here
  • October 12th: Cinemas, swimming pools, and casinos allowed to reopen, and borders reopened; Click Here and Click Here
  • October 24th: All quarantines lifted and curfews standardized across the country and relaxed to 11:00PM until 5:00AM; Click Here
  • December 25th: Total lockdown countrywide for Christmas and New Years; Click Here and Click Here
  • January 4th, 2021: Total lockdown countrywide until January 14th, 2021; Click Here
  • March 4th, 2021: Phase 2 of vaccinations against Covid-19 to start; Click Here

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COVID: One death, 195 new cases

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Posted 08/10/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Friday, October 8, just one death from Covid-19 and 195 new infections

In the last  24 hours, 7,244 tests were administered with positivity of 2.6%.

Active cases total 2,717. There are 222 hospitalized and 179 of them are in the ward and 43 in ICU.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-one-death-195-new-cases

 

 

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COVID-19: Panama on right path as new cases fall

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Posted 10/10/2021

New cases of covid-19 fell 11% to 1,398  -in the epidemiological week ending October 9. There were 27 deaths, one less than the previous week.

The Minsa reported that it has administered 5,618 501 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 from January 20 to date which means that 75.3% of the population that can receive the vaccine (people older than 12 years) have already complied with the immunization schedule.

In the words of public health specialist Jorge Luis Prosperi, the country is on the "right path" to control the pandemic.

According to his analysis, the statistics reflect this: “for three months, we maintain a decrease in weekly cases and, for five weeks, the percentage of positivity has been below 5%, which is a good indicator, according to the World Health Organization ”.

He added that an important element is that more than 75% of the population has completed their immunization cycle and that it will begin very soon give a booster dose to health personnel and people over 55 years of age.

“We must maintain public health measures. The virus will not be eliminated, but the epidemic will be controlled, as has been done with other diseases such as influenza ”, he concluded.

For epidemiologist Arturo Rebollón, now that there are fewer cases, the health system must vigorously resume care in that population of patients with chronic diseases who were neglected due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-19-panama-on-right-path-as-new-cases-fall

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Panama leads region with covid vaccinations

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Posted 10/10/2021

Panama is the Central American country with the highest proportion of the population fully immunized against Covid-19 reports the   Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). According to official data until last October 2, at least 60 out of 100 people had complete vaccination schedules against the virus.

This scenario has contributed, according to the report of the regional body, to the decrease in cases of infection with the virus.

Progress in vaccination, biosecurity measures, such as the use of masks and face masks in public transport, physical distancing, isolation of cases and quarantine have also been key factors that have contributed to Panama reducing the number of Covid-19 cases.

PAHO highlighted the measures applied in public places and the permanent actions of the health authorities, such as the traceability of cases and contacts, the genomic surveillance of SARS CoV-2 and the maintenance of access to tests.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-leads-region-with-covid-vaccinations

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Covid -19 booster vaccine jabs underway

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Posted 13/10/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) began the application of the booster dose against covid-19 on Wednesday, October 13.

Those who have their two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca will receive a third from Pfizer, as reported by Minister-Counselor Eyra Ruiz.

The day began with health personnel, adults over 55 years of age, bedridden patients, people in nursing homes and homes.

Those who come to the vaccination centers must carry their vaccination card. They will be over 18 years of age whose jobs place them in a high-risk profile such as airport, port, health personnel, and people with chronic diseases, and they must have six months since the last dose was applied.

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, reported that the third dose for the population was approved at a meeting of the National Vaccine Commission, led by President Laurentino Cortizo.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-19-booster-vaccine-jabs-underway

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US opens borders to vaccinated foreigners Nov. 8

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Posted 15/10/2021

On November 8, the United States will open its borders to vaccinated foreign travelers, a White House official said, a move that will expand travel options for those who have received their vaccinations and restrict travel options for those who have not been vaccinated.

The measure is the most important change that has been implemented in United States travel policy since the first days of the Covid-19 pandemic and replaces a system that outright prohibited the entry of the majority of foreign nationals coming directly from certain regions, including Europe, India, Brazil, and China.

Instead, under the new system, vaccinated individuals who have tested negative within 72 hours of travel will be able to fly to the United States as long as they share their contact traceability information.

In general, unvaccinated foreigners will be banned from entry, while unvaccinated Americans will need a negative Covid-19 test.

The measure was originally announced on September 20, but the Joe Biden administration did not immediately indicate when it would take effect.

Airlines, which have been badly affected by the coronavirus crisis, have applauded the move. Transatlantic flights between the United States and Europe, full of premium travelers, had been the most profitable part of the global aviation market.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/us-opens-borders-to-vaccinated-foreigners-nov-8

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Second Dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended for All US Adults

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October 15, 2021 Updated: October 16, 2021

Every adult 18 and older in the United States who received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get a booster dose if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepts a recommendation from its advisory panel.

The panel unanimously voted Friday to advise the agency to authorize boosters for all adults, regardless of their health condition.

As of Oct. 14, 15.2 million Americans have gotten the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shot.

Members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee heard from the FDA and Janssen, the subsidiary of J&J that developed the jab.

Approximately 9,000 participants in J&J trials have gotten a second shot, though safety and effectiveness data was only submitted on a fraction of that number.

Like Moderna and Pfizer officials, who successfully convinced panel members to endorse boosters, Janssen scientists tried conveying twin messages: their vaccine is holding up well against severe disease, but should be boosted anyways to achieve the best effect, especially against infection.

“We want to provide optimal protection against COVID and we know that a booster dose will do that,” Dr. Penny Heaton, global therapeutic area head for vaccines at Janssen Research & Development, told the panel during their virtual meeting.

“It will increase efficacy against severe disease, it will increase efficacy against all symptomatic COVID, and it will increase the breadth of the immune response against variants,” she added.

Trial data showed that a booster lifted the effectiveness of the vaccine from 70 percent against all symptomatic disease to 94 percent. Data showed no indication that adverse events were higher after the second dose, according to the company.

The FDA did not independently review most of the data. The agency claimed there was not enough time. But scientists with the agency said the data did seem to show boosters could convey a benefit, increasing the effectiveness for a shot that has thus far produced inferior results than the Pfizer and Moderna ones, both of which utilize messenger RNA technology.

J&J’s jab is an adenovirus vaccine, meaning it uses an inactivated version of the common cold virus to deliver genetic instructions that cause human cells to make the spike protein.

Panel members, a group of outside scientists, seemed convinced by the data, even after questioning why the vote had not been pushed back to enable regulators to conduct an independent analysis.

Driving the vote was a desire not to discourage people from getting the J&J shot and the hope that a booster will help its effectiveness get closer to its competitors.

“The overall perspective is that regardless of whether or not there’s been waning … the effectiveness or protection with a single dose of the J&J is not equivalent at this time with two doses of an mRNA vaccine and certainly not three doses,” said Dr. Amanda Cohn, a panel member, and the chief medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.

“I think this, frankly, was always a two-dose vaccine,” added Dr. Paul Offit, a panel member and a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He noted that when the panel originally advised the FDA to authorize the jab, which it did, Johnson & Johnson had already completed primate trials of a booster and was initiating human studies.

The panel’s recommendation says the booster can be administered as soon as two months after the first shot, though data indicates the best protection comes after a booster at six months.

The FDA does not need to accept the panel’s advice but typically does.

Some members asked whether Janssen plans to file for FDA approval for the vaccine as a two-shot jab, given its inferior protection when given singly. Dr. Johan Van Hoof of Janssen said the plan is for now to ask for approval for a single-shot and a booster.

The CDC’s advisory panel is set to consider boosters for the Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines next week.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

 

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/second-dose-of-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine-recommended-for-all-us-adults_4051211.html

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No traditional parades this year – Health Minister

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Posted 16/10/2021

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, announced  on Saturday that this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic "the traditional national parades will not be held in open places, such as streets and avenues."

However, he clarified that there will be exhibitions of bands in accordance with the program established by the Ministry of Education (Meduca) and the Ministry of Culture (MiCultura).

"Meduca and MiCultura will determine who will participate in these activities and presentations in stadiums," he said.

“But it is important to be clear that biosafety measures must be maintained."

Sucre made his statements during a working tour of the Mariato district in the province of Veraguas when he pointed out that Panama is awaiting authorization from pharmaceutical companies and the World Health Organization to approve and apply the dose of vaccine against Covid-19 to the population between 5 to 11 years of age.

He explained that the dose to the population between 5 and 11 years of age would help Panama achieve herd immunity.

In addition, it would proceed to apply it in accordance with the Continuous Vaccination Strategy to guarantee access to the population to the vaccine.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/events/no-traditional-parades-this-year-health-minister

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COVID-19: Deaths and new infections falling

Posted 18/10/2021

The number of daily deaths and new infections of Covid-19 in Panama continues on a downward trajectory.

On Sunday, October 17 the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported one death and 102 new infections in the previous 24 hours

According to the report, the cumulative number of deaths has risen to 7,292 since the start of the pandemic. And the accumulated number of cases is 470,264.

In the last hours they applied 4,616 applied tests, yielding  a positivity percentage of 2.2.

There  are 177 cases in hospital wards and 41 in intensive care units (ICU).

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Meanwhile, the Minsa reported  that from the start of Operation PanavaC-19 until this Sunday, , 5,696,937 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been applied in the country.

The report details that 3,025,648 correspond to the first dose; 2,630,961 at second dose; 5,212 third doses have been administered to immunosuppressed patients and 35,116 have been third booster doses.

The Minsa highlighted that the epidemiological surveillance report of international travel reveals that in the last hours no passenger positive for Covid-19 was detected at Tocumen International Airport .

The report specifies that since October 12, 2020 to date, a total of 1,856 positive travelers have been detected while the tests carried out at that air terminal add up to 223,045.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/covid-19-deaths-and-new-infections-falling

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Vaccinated Panamanians can access EU certificate

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Posted 21/10/2021

Panamanians who have completed the complete immunization scheme against Covid-19 (two doses) in the national territory, will be granted the digital vaccination certificate of the European Union.

"The European Union has recognized Panama's digital vaccination certificate as a mechanism that will facilitate the right to free movement of Panamanian citizens in the European Union," is highlighted in an AIG statement issued on Thursday.

The entity specifies that to access the document you must enter the panamadigital.gob.pa platform then enter the vaccination section and select the option digital vaccination certificate of the European Union, where you can download the pdf format with the respective QR.

Regarding Panamanians who were immunized abroad, the AIG explains that this certificate will not be issued to them “because we are not responsible for the immunization carried out by other countries, since we do not know the traceability of the vaccines and the registered cold chain ”.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/vaccinated-panamanians-can-access-eu-certificate

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COVID-19: One death,150 new cases

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Posted 23/10/2021

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed on Saturday, October 23, that 150 new cases and one death from COVID- 19 were reported in Panama in the last 24 hours. There are 166 hospitalized patients of which 31 are in ICU.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/covid-19-one-death150-new-cases

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